Our team is a who’s who of travel in the Mekong region. Company Director Kulikar Sotho has more than 20 years of experience in in the region, including guiding, tour leading and arranging the impossible for film-makers and television stars such as Gordon Ramsay and Angelina Jolie. Lonely Planet author Nick Ray is the Product Director and has spent two decades exploring the region for guidebooks, travel companies and film and television productions. Add to this a talented, committed and passionate team of management and staff and you have one of the most experienced teams in Asia.
Sotho TanManaging Director
Sotho established Hanuman back in 1990, in the early days of tourism, having worked as one of the first tour guides in post-war Cambodia. Fluent in French and English, she oversaw the transformation of Hanuman into the success story it is today. She remains actively involved, looking after the French and European markets. Her passion is the arts and Hanuman Fine Arts is a showcase for the finest collection of artefacts in Cambodia. She is also the inspiration behind HanumanAlaya, Angkor’s Boutique Residence.
Nick RayCompany Advisor
After working as a journalist and tour leader, Nick hooked up with Lonely Planet in 1998 and has since worked on more than 50 guidebooks, including titles on Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. He also leads and lectures on tours for leading travel companies and organisations, including Harvard Business School Alumni and Young Presidents’ Organisation. He also works as a location scout and manager for the world of television and film, including Tomb Raider, Top Gear Vietnam and countless documentaries for the BBC and National Geographic. Nick continues to explore new destinations in the region and has recently been to Putao and Mogok in Myanmar, motorbiked 'The Loop in Central Laos and spotted gibbons in the Seima Protected Forest in Northeast Cambodia.
- Email: nick(at)hnumantourism.com
Kulikar SothoExecutive Director
Kulikar's first job in travel was organizing 7500 United Nations peacekeepers in Cambodia in the early 1990s. Today she is Executive Director of Hanuman and oversees the continued growth of the company. She still love to travel regularly throughout Cambodia and the region. She's also head of Hanuman Films and is involved in helping to produce feature films and documentaries in the Mekong Region, working as Line Producer for Tomb Raider and escorting celebrities like Gordon Ramsay around Cambodia. More recently she debuted as a film director on The Last Reel, which won several international awards, including the Spirit of Asia Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2014. Michael Moore awarded it the Founder's Grand Prize at the Traverse City Film Festival 2016.
Pich KimheanDeputy Manager
Kimhean has been with Hanuman for almost 10 years in two separate stints with the company, first as Operations Manager and now as Deputy Manager. He spent all of his youth around the fishing communities on the Tonle Sap Lake, living in Kompong Khleang and Chong Kneas before moving south to complete his university studies in Phnom Penh and working for a Japanese travel company. He’s also had operational experience with the adventure company Intrepid and more recently ran his own company for a time. Kimhean supervises the Operations Department and looks after the office management on a day-to-day basis.
Laurent LoustauFrench Market Manager
Born in Aix-en-Provence in southern France, Laurent moved with his family to California eight years later. During his teenage years, he returned to France to finish his studies and later settled on Reunion Island for more than 10 years. With a decade of experience in the travel industry and as a tour leader, he has travelled to various countries including South Africa, Madagascar, UAE, India, Thailand and Singapore. Thanks to some Khmer ancestory, he recently decided to return to Cambodia to rediscover his roots and contribute to the development of the country. Aside from work, Laurent loves dancing and practices LA salsa dance. He is also a lifetime supporter of l’Olympique de Marseille football team.
Heng PalSales Manager
Heng was born in 1984 in Prey Veng Province. He finished high school in 2004 and married in Phnom Penh in 2011. He started working with Hanuman Travel since 2011 and has worked his way up from Reservation Officer, Sales Consultant, Senior Sales Consultant to his current position as Sales Supervisor. Hanuman is now like his second home. Before working at Hanuman, Heng used to be a reservation officer at a French travel agency in Siem Reap and was a Reservation Officer at Bougainvillier Hotel in Phnom Penh.
Heng is passionate about travel and enjoys exploring Cambodia. His favourite places are ancient temples, distant mountains with waterfalls and lush forest with wildlife. He has also travelled to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to represent Hanuman at travel award ceremonies.
Heng likes swimming, Khmer Martial Arts and Chinese movies like The Three Kingdoms.
Anthony PhamIT Manager
Anthony must have been predestined to come in Cambodia, giving up his comfortable life in France, together with his family, as they decided to come to Asia to seek a more interesting experience. It is natural that he ended up in Cambodia, as this is where his wife is originally from. Anthony has been at Hanuman for more than one year and comes with considerable experience in the IT industry. He is currently in the midst of modernizing the IT infrastructure of the company.
Veasna ImOperations Manager, Siem Reap
Veasna has been working with Hanuman for more than a year. He first worked as a Japanese and English Teacher from 2007. He then worked as an Adventure Tour Leader and Volunteer Coordinator until 2011. He then switched to work with a Japanese Tourism market company as a Tour Operator and Sales Coordinator until he moved to Hanuman. Veasna graduated in Tourism & Hospitality Management in 2013 from the University of Southeast Asia in Siem Reap. Born in Siem Reap in 1992, Veasna has grown up with the world heritage site of Angkor on his doorstep. He loves to play football during free time or after work and has played for more than 15 years. Veasna likes to travel in Northeastern Cambodia , as wants to know more about the lifestyle of the ethnic minority people who live here.
PRAK Ing Vongthearin (Thearin)Conseiller en Voyages
Thearin was born in Prey province but Phnom Penh is the place where he grew up as his family moved to the city when he was just two years old. He began working in the tourism field following his graduation in tourism from the Institute of French Language. Thearin speaks both English and French languages and has been responsible for the accounts of many different nationalities during a decade of experience in the travel industry. Thearin joined the Hanuman team in 2012. His passion lies in exploring different cultures, lives and beautiful landscapes in every area of the Kingdom, and he is keen to share his knowledge to show Cambodia’s charm to the world through his role as a Senior Travel Consultant. During his spare time, Thearin loves reading, swimming and watching football matches. My favourite club is Manchester City.
Kumphak SunSales Consultant
Kumphak Sun was born in 1980 in Phnom Penh. He began his working career as a high school English teacher in his home city of Phnom Penh before he switched to tour guiding in 2004. Kumphak finished his Bachelor Degree at Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2006 and finished a Masters Degree in development management in 2013. he has been with Hanuman Travel since 2012, and also worked as both a tour leader and tour guide.
Kumphak is currently a Senior Sales Consultant at Hanuman Travel, one of our destination experts for the Kingdom of Wonder, Cambodia. He loves Cambodia and helping people to explore the vast Cambodian wilderness. He loves Khmer food and his favourite dishes include amok, Khmer curry, stir-fried pineapple with beef, char krueng. His preferred destinations to explore in Cambodia are Phnom Kulen mountain, Koh Ker temple, Banteay Srei temple, Ta Prohm temple in the early morning, Angkor Wat, and Bayon temple. Kumphak loves travelling to different countries and like learn about culture of those countries. His dream is to one day see all the heritage sites in the world.